When the dust had settled, both groups had risen to the top of their respective categories and we each awarded a GOLD plaque to honour their achievements. Adjudicators were "over the top" with their compliments.
Christine Jensen who directs a big band in Montreal was verbally adjudicating the band and was,"all in!" for our performance. She complimented the ensemble on masterfully dealing with some very difficult textures. In the end, she came on stage and told the ensemble that they were the "hippest band" of the entire festival and complimented Mr. Edwards on bringing such a dynamic band to the festival... "it was a musical treat." She then presented an "Honour Award" chosen by the adjudicators to Evan, drummer with the Sr Jazz, in recognition of his outstanding performance at the festival.
After our performances, we were all over campus checking out: Concert Bands, String Orchestras, Concert Choirs and other Vocal Jazz Groups and Jazz Bands. With everyone being at such a high level, it was no surprise that every performance we saw was fantastic.
On Thursday, the group was treated with a visit to the CN tower and to Ripley's aquarium. I will let the photos speak for themselves on that one. Epic vistas and "tiny purple fishes run laughing through your fingers and you want to take them with you to the heartland of the sun." (Tale of Brave Ulyssyes - Cream).
Then we ended up at Chapters/ Indigo Bookstore where, through the genius vision of Ms. Russell, the Vocal Jazz ensemble was able to perform their a cappella set for none other than Heather Reismann the CEO, of Chapters/Indigo. She was so impressed with the students from Westwood, that she told them all to pick any two things in the store at her expense. Needless to say there were 26 kids wandering about Chapters with a crooked little grin on their face trying to decide what books to pick.
To wrap it all up the group spent all day Saturday at Canada's Wonderland where the weather was simply perfect at 26˚C and sunny.... a stark contrast to the 10CM of snow that was awaiting everyone on their arrival home.
What else can be said. Fantastic teachers, wonderful principal and excellent students. ..... but we knew that already.